WSBK » EXCLUSIVE Philip Marron, Eugene Lavery's Crew Chief - Q&A


Crash.net chats with Eugene Laverty's trusted Crew Chief Philip Marron following the Irishman's winning start to the 2014 WSBK season.

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V4Poweeeer

March 08, 2014 10:29 AM

He's definitely right about Eugene being a professional not to many riders out there could have their engine blow up while challenging for a race win or a podium and then calmly park the bike up and walk away without chucking a hissy fit for the cameras.

If he gets a few more wins for Suzuki this season they would be crazy not to sign him up for the GP gig for a season or two.

De Puniet does have the impression that the new Suzuki gp is a very smooth bike so I guess Eugene with his smooth 250 style could find the gp bike a really nice bike for him to ride.

Can't wait to see him actually test the bike.

V4Poweeeer

March 10, 2014 9:57 AM

Shamarone

Calm done down mate let Laverty test the bike get up ti speed and then lets make judgement at the Valencia test to see if the Suzuki is a dog.

Btw smooth is refering to the torque and power curves not necessarily meaning outright horsepower. De Puniet also noted that while back to back testing the inline bike and the gsvr that the gsvr was aggressive. An aggressive bike can also be a slow bike as well just as much as a smooth bike can be slow.

In my eyes that a simple comparison of the nature of the torque and hp curves of the bikes not Nicky Hayden expression that he's holding it wide open and everyone is pulling away.

TalentFan

March 10, 2014 2:13 PM

I've been bashing on about too much tech in MotoGP and in WSBK.....

But I really feel that a change is coming, and coming soon. There will be a renaissance in WSBK and in MotoGP, led by WSBK.

They'll want to reduce costs and especially tech in WSBK first - witness the EVO class. My guess is that this will keep on happening till they are doing the same kinds of things that BSB are.

MotoGP will follow, but of course they'll be keeping the more exotic strictly race frames and so on to differentiate. But there WILL be moves to restrict and standardise ECU's and software... simply because it is inevitable if the series' are to survive.

Suzuki need to be getting that GSVR on track with the Open software and 24l of juice for Eugene... cos my money is that is where they'll all be when Suzuki re-enter.

If it ISN'T spec software..... I cannot believe Suzuki WILL return to MotoGP. Disagree away... but I think history will prove me right.

Sweeble

March 10, 2014 3:13 PM

@TalentFan
I agree that BSB have got it right when it comes to technical level and with Superbikes I think that that's where it'll go. The problem in MotoGP is the power of the factories and in particular Honda, they just want to win and don't care if there's no racing.

I'm happy to see that the open class advantages may actually allow those bikes to compete with and even beat the factory ones. I think that's taken Honda by surprise and I'm guessing that the factory2 class suggestion may have come from them.

I think that once we've had a season where more than 4 bikes can win, Honda and Yamaha may find it very difficult to put the genie back in the bottle.

You notice that nobody ever discusses changing regulations for WSS or Moto2 because they've basically got it right.

TalentFan

March 10, 2014 3:56 PM

Sweeble: @TalentFan
I agree that BSB have got it right when it comes to technical level and with Superbikes I think that that's where it'll go. The problem in MotoGP is the power of the factories and in particular Honda, they just want to win and don't care if there's no racing.


I agree. But... I think even Honda see the writing on the wall... its happened everywhere else that series cut the tech and costs... otherwise they dont have a viable race series to promote and sell. Its just MotoGP is lagging so far behind in this - but it MUST come, or MotoGP would fold through lack of interest from entrants as well as fans.

Although they'll fight as long as possible and try every dodge going to give the impression the racing is good.... the Mfrs KNOW that it is unsustainable for the status quo to continue for much longer IMO.

I can see a big change in motorcycle sport in the next few seasons - either to save it, or it'll get buried. It cannot stay as is - logi

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